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Avatar n tn Hello, I started taking Lexapro 10 mg per day for depression and OCD about 3.5 weeks ago. After initial titration dose of 5 mg/day for 4 days and getting used to some mild side-effects (nausea and fatigue) my dose was increased to 10 mg/day. My (chronic fatigue/apathy) depressed mood got better and I was doing fine for about a week. Then I developed midnight insomnia (wide awake at 2 am and unable to fall back asleep) and loss of libido.
Avatar f tn Just be sure to tell your doctor how you're reacting to Lexapro so he/she can adjust your dosage if necessary. Staying on an exercise program will help too. I've been going to the gym for 18 years, so my weight has stayed the same for most of that time. But I understand that some folks do gain weight on AD's. I was very reluctant to get on an AD, but I'm glad I did. Hopefully, the day will come when that will no longer be necessary.
233622 tn?1279338505 I asked for something other than Xanax last August and my doc put me on Lexapro. I'm on a low dosage (10 mg). I take it for anxiety/panic attacks. I am now in the process of tapering off of it. In spite of increased exercise and no change in diet, I have put on a large amount of extra weight (that I never needed in the first place :-( ). My stomach has also been starting to bother me within the last couple of months as well.
Avatar m tn I have had OCD for a long time in my life. I have been on Lexapro for about 2 years now. I have recently been on 40 mg of Lexapro and have felt alright but not my full potential. My Dr. put me on 60 mg of Lexapro to see if this helps. I have had no side effects from this drug and that's why she is willing to go so high. My question is since I have been on this drug for about 2 years, how long will it take after upping the dosage for me to see an improvement????
Avatar m tn Why did your doctor increase your dosage? I'm on a low dosage of Lexapro (no side effects other than weight gain) and I told my doctor that I'd like to stay at this dosage and see if I stay on an even keel (which I have). As far as insomnia, are you getting regular vigorous exercise? I've been trying to exercise daily and have found that it really helps with sleep.
Avatar f tn I have OCD and started Lexapro about 5 years ago. I have been on 20mg and recently was moved up to 30mg because my OCD worrying came back again. Can you get anxiety from increasing the dosage?
Avatar f tn My question is do I stay on Lexapro and hope for the best or do I wean myself from the Lexapro and go back to Prozac because I know how well it works? With every increase in Lexapro my OCD gets worse for a couple weeks. Please help me. It is much appreciated!!!!
Avatar m tn I have tried Zoloft, Celexa, and Paxil but each made me slightly foggy headed in the long-run and gave me severe insomnia while starting out. I would guess that they helped mood wise. My psychiatrist has put me on Lexapro 10mgs once a day. I took 5mgs the first two days and have taken 10mgs yesterday and today. It has had the opposite effect as the other SSRIs. I am constantly sloppy tired like I had just had a few glasses of red wine. Will this likely subside as I adjust to the medication?
286686 tn?1416015940 I originally posted back in November regarding my 23 year old son with OCD. I was curious to know if anyone here is resistant to medication for OCD. He is on 300mg of Anafranil since December and started Luvox at the end of December and doctor has been increasing the luvox, so he is now on 300mg of luvox as of two days ago. This is the strange part.....
Avatar f tn Like most medicines, I had to up the dosage (eventually) and capped it around the typical bipolar dosage of 200mg. I think I started on like 25mg or 50mg. All in all, I recommend bringing up Buspar. I had never heard of it until I told my p-doc I wanted something for anxiety that wasn't going to be a problem as a 'drug abuse' type deal. She told me Buspar (buspirone) was the only medication that was produced specifically to treat anxiety.
Avatar n tn A couple of months later I was placed on Lexapro (although they are made from the same companies and are essentilly the same drug) Anyway, I took the Lexapro and felt great (except for the 15 lb weight gain) I really wanted to be a better mom to my kids.I hated that I had absolutely no patience with them and they deserve better than that! About 2 months into it I slowly started getting those side effects to a lesser degree and I also was having urinary hesitency like I had to go but couldn't.
Avatar n tn If there is not a significant reason (financial issues, medical problems where the Lexapro is contraindicated) to go off the Lexapro, then simply don't. If it has helped you, then there is no reason you can not continue to take it, even long term. Especially because you are on a fairly low dose, you have lots of wiggle room should the dose ever need to be increased. MANY MANY of us have found ourselves caught in the trap of wanting to stop taking meds, for a host of reasons.
Avatar f tn After the intrusive thoughts and urges got really bad I finally sought out help and my psychiatrist says I am the textbook case of harm ocd. I was put on Prozac and recently my dosage has been increased. Honestly, my anxiety has gotten worse and now the fact that I can see triggers the thoughts and fear of harm and rumination. My therapist tells me to just let them go, but from the derealization to hyper awareness I only feel like I'm getting worse.
Avatar f tn Could this be the celexa coming out of my system while lexapro is trying to take effect?
3161914 tn?1344106218 i know there has been a lot of focus on the involvement of excess glutamate in the brain in relation to ocd and depression. So far i've tried 3 different anti depressants which have had negative results. I am not sold yet on the serotonin theory. I appreciate the reply.
Avatar m tn psychiatrists stated it was higher end moderate to severe OCD. One doctor thought it wasn't just OCD, but OCD with tourettes syndrome. It however is not, and that still to this day is the hardest ******* thing to get removed from my medical files. I was 11 when they said that, I had surgery three years ago who still had it listed.
Avatar m tn My wife has mild OCD and has problems with obsessisive thoughts, perfectionist tendencies and mood swings. We're looking for some advice on medications that are known to be effective in treating these symptoms. She's been on Effexor for a couple of years which has been tremendously successful but she had to stop taking it recently, (due to it causing high blood pressure), and we discovered the dark, ugly side of this medication.
Avatar f tn So there are several studies out there showing that inositol does help with OCD. The Lexapro, while being an anti-depressant, should also help with OCD but he may not be on the correct dosage or the drug itself is not the correct one for him. Was there ever initial improvement on the Lexapro? or the inositol for that matter? My B-in-L has clinical depression, couldn't get out of bed, etc.
Avatar f tn When you started Lexapro, did you start slowly and increase that way? I started on 2.5 and then 5, each for a week. I am supposed to go up to 10mgs tonight but am nervous about it! If I started slowly, wouldn't I have had a bad reaction to it if I was going to by now? How did it go for you if you went from 5mg to 10mg? thanks!
Avatar n tn i checked side effects of lexapro and decided that must be it, even though i hadn't changed the dosage anywhere near the time of the vertigo. well i've been down to 15mgs, with ony a headache for a week and a half. then, 3 nights ago i started feeling the vertigo again. i spent yesterday in bed all day because every time i moved i either fell down or threw up.
Avatar f tn Could this be the celexa coming out of my system while lexapro is trying to take effect?
8641508 tn?1399120907 I have been diagnosed with panic disorder, ocd, and as you guys with ocd know depression coincides. I am on 20 mg lexapro, 5 mg kolonopin, and 2.5 mg of abilify. I am struggling bad lately. my depression is starting up again, not severe enough to be hospitalized but is starting up. Im believing that everyone around me thinks im crazy i dont know why. I got in a fight with my sister yesterday and I started crying because I also got into a fight with my mom.
Avatar f tn 4 years ago I had my first phase of depression and anxiety and I have been on lexapro 10mg and xanax .25mg each morning since. 2 month ago I asked my doctor to reduce the lexapro because I was totally happy and over the depression. I went down to 5mg and I also took some diet pills 2 months after reducing the dose and the combination of these pushed my over the edge and the depression is back. my doctor increased the dose to 20mg of lexapro ans .75 xanax when necessary .
Avatar m tn I used to have HOCD, Schizo-OCD, fear of becoming blind, fear of liking my mom (ie sexually) and Pedo-OCD, etc but my current bout is on a whole another level (like 100x more intense, panic attack level). I don't have any physical compulsions, but I do try to fight it through logic in my mind. It's been around a month since I was trying to fall asleep and thought, what if this world was my imagination and everything was a part of my perception. This sent me into anxiety.
Avatar n tn I started taking Lexapro back in July with a slow ramp up from 5-10 and now 15mg.... I have been on 15 mg for about 5 weeks now and honestly up until last week was feeling great.... then last weekend went to a few parties, drank a bit too much (although not that much) and since last Saturday it feels like my Lexapro has slowly not been working.
Avatar n tn Can anyone give me an idea of how long it usually takes for your metabolism to recalibrate after stopping Effexor and/or Lexapro? I've gained significant weight while on these drugs (despite an intense exercise program and careful diet). My nutritionist and MD told me that the drugs likely altered my metabolism, but no one can tell me how long it will take to correct that. Most frustrating, I've noticed that since I stopped taking both, my weight gain has accelerated.
Avatar m tn I often wonder if my life was better on cipralex 2 years ago, but I cannot tell and do not want to go back on it, but reading over other forms it seems as if a form of OCD takes me over with worry, something similar happened a couple of years ago and I was worried to death until I could get a blood test, I often think something is wrong and cannot get it out of my mind. I really do not want to be on drugs, that limit things I can do.
2102085 tn?1350870245 I am currently on 10mg of Lexapro and Portia birth control. I was thinking of either increasing my Lexapro dosage or trying something else. I had a pretty serious adverse reaction to Venlafaxine in the past, so switching meds scares me a bit. I was also thinking of going off of my birth control to see if that helps... but it could also make me even moodier! And lastly, I made an appointment with an ENT doctor to see if I am suffering from an inner ear disorder.
Avatar n tn Have you asked your doctor about maybe trying a small dosage of Xanax for a week or so until the Lexapro kicks in? I know sometimes you have to "play around" with different meds until you find the right combination. And different meds work on different people. For example, I took Paxil for awhile, and while it helped with the panic and OCD, I was ALWAYS extremely tired. Plus, I also gained weight.
Avatar m tn Lexapro is a permanent life long cure for any depression if you can survive the treatment. I was prompted by a marriage counselor to go to my doctor and request drugs for my OCD symptoms (checking, intrusive sad thoughts, previous eating disorders as a teen and heavy drinking-probably perpetuated by my father’s suicide in 1981 while he was on imipramine and numerous other psych med’s) I went to my husband’s pcp who never met me before.